Police Body Worn Cameras May Not Actually Work

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Mon, Dec 8th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Although studies seem to indicate that when "officers know they are being watched, they behave differently," there is a concern that even with the use of cameras police officers will continue to use excessive force. Cited as an example, a grand jury "decided against charging the officer" believed to be responsible for the death of Eric Garner.

On Monday, President Obama requested $75 million in federal funds for a technology that, as he sees it, could help bridge the kinds of rifts between the police and public that surfaced in Ferguson, Missouri. It's a technology that Brown's own family has championed as a "positive change" that could result from the teen's death. The White House has proposed distributing some 50,000 body cameras to police departments across the country, since "evidence shows that body worn cameras help strengthen accountability and transparency, and that officers and civilians both act in a more positive manner when they're aware that a camera is present."

But does the evidence actually show this? A grand jury's decision on Wednesday to not indict an NYPD officer for placing Eric Garner in a deadly chokehold in Staten Island brought out the skeptics. The chilling confrontation wasn't caught on a body-worn police camera, but it was filmed by a bystander [...]

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